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Making it Count- in the kitchen

My kitchen...it's small and has never been updated, but I still love it.  I've been spending a lot of time in here lately because of the 30 Day Vegan course that I'm doing.  And it's making me so happy.  Having just come off of a five month stint with the 4 Hour Body diet, by Tim Ferris, I have an even greater appreciation for my kitchen.  Yes, I lost weight with that diet, but it was with a very limited menu plan that didn't allow for a whole lot of creativity.  It was the same thing over and over.  The creator of that diet said that most people actually have very little variety in their diet anyhow, and that it's not about having fun.  I disagree.  I like variety and good food is one of the joys of life.  My husband kind of laughed at me and commented on how happy I was last night, as I was chopping away at some veggies on the cutting board.  Yes, it's good to be back.  Feeding my family good nourishing food makes me very happy.

I'm making my online time count in the kitchen, though I can't share the recipes that I'm getting from the 30 Day Vegan course.  If you want those, you'll just have to sign up for the course the next time it's offered.  But I can share my kitchen and how I organize it.  It's small, but it works for me.  I use everything that's in here, often, and while there's always room for improvement,  every available space is used as efficiently as possible.  Because there is not enough cupboard space, I make liberal use of baskets.  They're everywhere, holding things like produce, dishcloths, bread, utensils, etc....

I make the produce a part of the decor.  The lemons and limes, placed in a pretty bowl, are the current centerpiece on my table, functional and pretty.

I keep the most commonly used items on the counter, in easy reach. 

The step stool is one of my most important tools in my kitchen, since I've had to make use of vertical space, all the way to the ceiling. 

I do have one recipe that I can share with you.  This one is not from the Vegan course, it's just something I made this weekend, for company.  I've made this Greek Garden Rice salad several times, and it's always gobbled up quickly.  It makes great leftovers too, if there's ever any left.  Rice, feta, Kalamata olives, spinach, tomatoes, sweet onions....if you like those things, you'll probably love this salad.

To see what other people are doing to make their online time count, go on over to Pam's blog for the link up.


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Reader Comments (8)

You know I can almost hear the excitement in your voice at being back in the kitchen again. And it is such a well-organized one too. Thanks for the tour.

Oooo... that spinach salad looks great! I love being in my kitchen too... but by myself. It's too small to accommodate more than one working body at a time. We recently added a bench with storage under the seat – a great place to stash big bowls and pots, like the wok. Enjoy your cleanse!

May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

I really love how orderly and pretty your small spaces are. I think I would like hanging baskets- the would help me get more out of my limited counter space.

May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

What a pretty kitchen you have :-) And that salad sounds delicious!! Greek food is so wonderful.

May 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I've used lemons and limes as a center piece on my table, too! I like how you put it, that the size of the space is what it is, and you make it work for you. So important! I've been happy making the recipes from the course so far, too. They are so tasty!

May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

I like your kitchen and so true that it is the heart of the home. the salad looks fantastic!

May 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

We have a small kitchen too, which we are thinking of remodeling... we'll see if that happens. I'm like you, I like variety in my diet. My husband on the other hand could eat the same foods over and over again and be totally and completely happy - which actually makes my life a bit easier most of the time. =) Thanks for sharing your space, it is cozy and warm and I can tell that it is a happy place to be.

May 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Thank you everyone for your kinds words. : )

May 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

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